2013 Upper Peninsula Citizen Planner Program

Date: September 19, 2013 - October 30, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: varies (see detailed information)
Contact: Brad Neumann: 906-475-5731 or neuman36@anr.msu.edu

Michigan Citizen Planner offers land use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials. The Citizen Planner program is a seven-session series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSUE. The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators and interested citizens.

The simple truth is that communities need to change the way they do community planning. Local officials have a responsibility to help their communities manage the impacts of economic change and be part of the solutions to challenges and issues their communities face. Local communities that proactively plan to succeed in the New Economy can improve their quality of life and lead Michigan’s recovery and transformation. Michigan Citizen Planner empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead.

Instructors for the training program include MSU Extension educators, planners, attorneys and MSU faculty.

  1. Introduction to Planning and Zoning: Smart Growth and the New Economy, Conflict of Interest and Planning Resources
  2. Legal Foundations of Planning and Zoning: Cases, Statutes and other Planning Authority
  3. Roles and Responsibilities, Part I: Master Plan and Planning Process, Sub-Area Plans, and Working with the Public
  4. Roles and Responsibilities, Part II: Zoning, Site Plans and Zoning Board of Appeals Process
  5. Plan Implementation and Development Controls: Subdividing Land, Zoning Controls and Non-Regulatory Techniques
  6. Best Practices for Innovative Planning and Zoning: Green Development, Form-Based Code, Traditional Neighborhood Design and Conservation Design
  7. The Art of Community Planning: Participation, Effective Meetings and Managing Conflict

The program will be taught using a live webinar delivery to the three classroom locations simultaneously. Participants will be able to ask questions of the instructor and other classroom locations in real-time with a live microphone and the sessions will be hosted by an on-site facilitator. This training format is offered at a reduced rate of $275 (regularly $350). Units of government registering three or more participants will receive a group rate of $250 per person. The 2013 Michigan Citizen Planner program in the UP will be offered concurrently at three different locations:

 The program will be held from 6-9pm (Eastern Time) on:
  • Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • Thursday, September 26
  • Thursday, October 3
  • Thursday, October 10
  • Thursday, October 17
  • Thursday, October 24
  • Wednesday, October 30


Scholarships may be available from your community’s liability insurance provider. The Michigan Township Participating Plan offers the Risk Reduction Grant Program (RRGP) to its municipal members, which covers the cost of one registration per community for the Michigan Citizen Planner Program. Contact Rita Evans at 800-783-1370 for more information. For member governments of the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA), contact Cara Kowal at 800-243-1324 for more information regarding grants for education and training through the Risk Avoidance Program (RAP). Contact your local community liability risk insurance carrier to see if similar grants or scholarships are available.

Registrations cancelled on or after September 12th will be assessed a $45 cancellation fee.

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